Jobs Description of Transportation Supervisor

Transportation Supervisor Jobs - Directly supervises and coordinates activities of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators and helpers.

Transportation Supervisor career is part of the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics cluster Transportation Operations.

Transportation Operations Careers

A person in Transportation Supervisor career:

  • Enforces safety rules and regulations.
  • Plans work assignments and equipment allocations to meet transportation, operations or production goals.
  • Directs workers in transportation or related services, such as pumping, moving, storing, or loading or unloading of materials or people.
  • Reviews orders, production schedules, blueprints, or shipping or receiving notices to determine work sequences and material shipping dates, types, volumes, or destinations.
  • Inspects or tests materials, stock, vehicles, equipment, or facilities to ensure that they are safe, free of defects, and consistent with specifications.
  • Confers with customers, supervisors, contractors, or other personnel to exchange information or to resolve problems.
  • Monitors field work to ensure proper performance and use of materials.
  • Dispatches personnel and vehicles in response to telephone or radio reports of emergencies.
  • Drives vehicles or operates machines or equipment to complete work assignments or to assist workers.
  • Plans and establishes transportation routes.

People who do Transportation Supervisorjob report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in Transportation Supervisor occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Work in Transportation Supervisor occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in Transportation Supervisor occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in Transportation Supervisor occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in Transportation Supervisor career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Specialty and Similar Transportation Supervisor Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to Transportation Supervisor career:
  • Distribution Warehouse Manager - Directs and coordinates activities of wholesaler’s distribution warehouse.
  • Ferry Terminal Supervisor - Supervises and coordinates activities of workers engaged in selling tickets and directing pedestrian and vehicular traffic to and from ferry boats at ferry terminal.
  • Warehouse Manager - Oversees the efficient receipt, storage and dispatch of a wide range of goods including food, clothing, healthcare products, manufacturing parts and household items.
  • Port Steward
  • Sanitary Landfill Supervisor
  • Yardmaster

Transferable Skills

Here's a list of skills used in Transportation Supervisor career that are also used in other careers.
High level of skill required
  • Moving gases and liquids
  • Operating trains, buses, or trucks to transport people or freight
  • Planning staff work tasks
  • Preparing and maintaining work logs and reports
  • Relaying information to dispatch workers
Medium level of skill required
  • Assigning duties to workers
  • Evaluating worker performance

Workplace Transportation Supervisor Skills

Workplace skills are practiced activities that help people become successful in all kinds of careers. Here's a list of the workplace skills that are used in Transportation Supervisor career.

High level of skill required
  • Coordination
  • Management of personnel resources
  • Time management
Medium level of skill required
  • Complex problem solving
  • Instructing
  • Judgment and decision making
  • Negotiation
  • Persuasion
  • Service orientation
  • Social perceptiveness
  • Systems evaluation

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